Dementia Connect is supported through a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Royal College of Art: Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and FACT Liverpool (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).


Dementia Connect Lead: Dr. Timothy J. Senior (University of the West of England)
Dementia Connect Producer: Tom Rowlands (FACT Liverpool)
Creative Delivery Partner: Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT)
Project Manager at FACT: Roger McKinley
Academic Team: Prof. Jennifer Stein (UWE); Prof. Jon Dovey (UWE); Prof. Jeremy Myerson (Royal College of Art: Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design); Dr. Tarek E. Virani (Queen Mary University)


Team Biographies

Professor Jennifer Stein – Principal Investigator

Jen Stein is a design researcher examining the implications of emerging technologies on everyday life by designing for, and speculating about, near-horizon futures. Her research and design work explores how increasingly computationally embedded spaces can be creatively used towards more enchanted experiences of space and place. She is currently Professor of Design Futures at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and is a Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed in Bristol.

Professor Jeremy Myerson – Co-Investigator

Jeremy Myerson has been an academic, author and activist in design for more than 35 years. He began working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. Co-founding the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in 1999, his research interests focus on the role of design in social, demographic and technological change. He is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage ‘design that improves quality of life.

Professor Jonathan Dovey – Co-Investigator

Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He spent the first 15 years of his working life in video production, as a researcher, editor and producer in documentary and experimental video. In 2008 he launched (UWE’s) Digital Cultures Research Centre, and become the Director of REACT, one of four AHRC Hubs for the Creative Economy (2012-2016). His research interest lies in technology and cultural form currently focussed on Pervasive Media, Documentary Studies, Cultural Value, Creative Citizenship and Knowledge Exchange for Innovation.

Dr Timothy Senior – Academic Researcher

Tim Senior is a postdoctoral research at the University of the West of England (Bristol). His research focuses on how traditional forms of disciplinary activity in the arts, sciences and humanities might be opened up to new collaborative influences, a process of creatively challenging disciplinary values, methodologies and products to drive innovative lines of shared inquiry. He was a Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the AHRC’s Creative Economy Hubs Programme, working to articulate and document the innovation activities of the four Hubs. This work forms the basis of the Dementia Connect project.

Tom Rowlands – Creative Producer

Tom Rowlands a creative producer at FACT Liverpool. He is delivering Dementia Connect’s project’s development labs and supporting the creative voucher scheme project teams. Alongside this, he is conducting programme research into the changing face of working life. He brings broad digital R&D experience to the project, having delivered Art, Design, IoT and Data innovation programmes in Chile, China, Singapore and throughout the European Union. In 2015, he supported the British Council’s critical research focussed Global FUTR Lab at FutureEverything Festival.

Roger McKinley – Head of Innovation at FACT

Leading this department since 2014 with the aim of finding new and engaging Roger McKinley has lead FACT’s innovation department since 2014 with the aim of finding new and engaging ways for the organisation to forge business, creative, and intellectual links with small-to-medium size business and FE / HE establishments. He is responsible for developing the national arts video sharing platform, for initiating the FACTLab, and is Project Manager for the LCR Activate programme, a 3 year ERDF support programme for Creative Industries in the Liverpool City Region in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership.

Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dawn Brooker: Dir. of Uni. of Worcester Assoc. for Dementia Studies
  • Prof. Richard Cheston: Professor of Mental Health Research (Dementia) 
  • Ruth Eley: Chair Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance, Life Story Network
  • Karen Gray: The Arts & Dementia Doctoral Training Centre (Uni. of Worcester)
  • Dr. Darren Greenop: Liverpool John Moores University
  • John Hughes: Dir. of Comms. and Digital Engagement at Widnes Vikings
  • Prof. Clive Parkinson: Dir. of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan Uni.
  • Jill Pendleton: Project Lead Innovate Dementia 
  • Dr Cliff Richards M.B.E.: Chair NHS Halton CCG
  • Catsou Roberts: Director of VITAL ARTS
  • Dr. Emmanuel Tsekleves: Senior Lect. in Design Interactions (Imagination Lancaster)
  • Ivor Williams: Senior Designer – Helix centre
  • Prof. Gill Windle: Acting Director, DSDC Wales (Bangor)
  • Dr. Mel Woods: University of Dundee